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Switzerland’s federal geoportal geo.admin.ch has been honoured once again in a major international competition. On 11 September 2015, the portal won second place in the eGovernment competition’s Public Choice Award, which was decided by online vote.

An international team led by Agroscope has published a study on the influence of dairy products on inflammatory responses in the human body. The study’s conclusion: Despite persistent beliefs to the contrary, dairy products exert a slightly anti-inflammatory effect, and individuals with an impaired metabolism are particularly likely to benefit from consuming products from this food group.

The ministers of the 18 donor countries who met in Paris for a two-day meeting are determined to make good on their commitment to mobilise 100 billion dollars per year in climate finance for developing countries.

Climate finance for developing countries will be one of the main topics of the 21st climate conference (COP 21). At the invitation of Switzerland and the United States, ministers from 19 countries that finance international climate change measures are meeting today and tomorrow in Paris in order to clarify finance rules and procedures. Federal Councillor Doris Leuthard has noted the key role that private investments will play in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

The new water protection law takes effect on 1 January 2016. This means that over the next 20 years water treatment plants on heavily-used bodies of water will have to construct a further purifying stage for the removal of trace elements. The necessary investment of millions of francs will, however, also help to better safeguard drinking water resources. Today in Lausanne, around 200 experts from political, administrative, business and scientific spheres met for the annual Eawag Info day, exchanging information and viewpoints on the current challenges in implementing the law, and sharing the latest research results.

Specialist staff: info@blw.admin.ch
Last updated on: 26.11.2009
Author: Magdalena Zajac

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